Students need to participate in a variety of workplace learning activities while they are still at school to assist in their development of a realistic understanding of the world of work. These activities are an integral part of their learning and career development and help students to:
- develop employability skills;
- explore possible career options;
- understand employer expectations; and
- increase their self-understanding, maturity, independence and self-confidence.
Students can undertake workplace learning through work experience, structured workplace learning, a school-based apprenticeship or traineeship or school community work (volunteering work).
Work experience is the short term placement of secondary school students with employers, to provide insights into the industry and the work place in which they are located. Students are placed with employers primarily to observe and learn – not to undertake activities which require extensive training or experience.
For more information, see: Work experience
Structured workplace learning
Structured workplace learning involves students undertaking structured on the job training during which they are expected to master a designated set of skills and competencies related to a course accredited by the Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority (VRQA).
For more information, see: Structured workplace learning
School community work
School community work is work which is undertaken voluntarily by students and directly benefits the community.
For more information, see: School community work
Occupational health and safety (OHS)
Schools are required to adequately prepare students for the risks and hazards they may face in the workplace. The OHS section provides teachers with resources to help prepare students for their placement and includes links to the following programs:
To access the above programs and other OHS resources, see: Occupational health and safety resources
Resources for parents and employers
Information for parents and employers on workplace learning for school students in Victoria is available at: Resources for parents and employers